Moana and Her Dad

I love Moana. I love this movie so much, for so many different reasons. I am talking a lot lately to everybody about Moana. I am sure I will post a lot about it.

Robbie and I had a conversation about one part of this movie at dinner tonight. Here it is.

I have to start by saying that evangelical groundswell backlash against mainstream pop culture mostly makes me want to hurl. Like a lot. I hate the way the Christian horde makes a huge deal out of nothing.I can remember hearing people despise Ariel for wearing a bikini and defying her father’s order not to have anything to do with land-based life forms. I mean, can we not talk about maybe not bargaining your voice away for a man? Can we not talk about developing an appropriate level of distrust for people who we can see have taken advantage of other people?

I can remember as a teenager hearing people despise Ariel for wearing a bikini and defying her father’s order not to have anything to do with land-based life forms. I mean, can we not talk about maybe not bargaining your voice away for a man? Can we not talk about developing an appropriate level of distrust for people who we can see have taken advantage of other people? There are so many things to condemn other than fashion choices and the drive to explore.

Okay, so I am presuming that there is a backlash against Moana for disobeying her father by going over the reef. I don’t know this for sure because I’m not around the evangelical horde much these days. But I’m assuming that some die-hard patriarchy fans are going to start beating that drum if they haven’t already.

I have a problem with that opinion because having a Y chromosome does not make you infallible. Having a Y chromosome and fathering a child does not make you infallible. Christians have to get away from dropping the hammer on every kid coming of age who disagrees with his (or her) father and acts independently.

Moana’s dad had a problem with her crossing the reef because he ignored his own heritage. He knew about the boats in the cave and his voyaging ancestors, but he took a flimsy lagoon canoe past the reef and got his friend killed in the process. Then he enshrined his own failure as a law and curbed the natural enthusiasm his daughter had for the ocean, despite the fact that HE KNEW her desire was perfectly understandable and explainable.

Her grandmother knows the same history. She shows Moana physical proof of who her people are and what they have already done. Grandma encourages her granddaughter to pay attention to the past and believe that she can change the future.

Christians get focused on small things and ignore big things. They get focused on thought systems and don’t acknowledge the real world. This should not be.

I love Moana’s daring spirit and her willingness to put herself in danger if it will save her home. She’s awesome. And her story underscores a sore point for me.

Male people are not more important or more likely to be right or more intelligent on average than female people. Whether a person is male or female shouldn’t determine how daring or selfless or courageous that person can be. And Christians need to stop systematically teaching young female people so.

Author: Traitmarker

Black. White. And a Lot of Gray.

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